Why is it that we are drawn to religious questions?
I find myself drawn to religious questions. I am interested in the responses of others and also formulate my own response. The prolem I have is that, no matter how hard I try I cannot bring myself to respond. Are there others here who feel the same way?
I do not feel the same way about it. However we cannot avoid religious questions because they are a part of us. So why, do you think it is so?
Perhaps it is because the issue of religion is the most important thing in most peoples lives and affects the way they live and interact with others.
The answer is likely the quest for the truth or answer to, "why am i here, and what is my purpose"?
by going back in time-most people could not read and were dirt poor. there were ONLY two classes of people on the planet-serf's and lords. obviously you were born into the "have" category, everyone else was a have not. since paper was expensive, only the clergy and wealthy people had a bible. so naturally people went to the clergy for answers-even to "simple" items such as an eclipse.
you might say for thousands of years, before google, people have been "trained" to seek religion for answers to questions. most people want to follow too, few wish to lead, discover.
the answer to your profound question in the end is quite simple. why you are here? is to be you. you matter, and were/are created with purpose. we are not taught to think big and approach this subject from the macros. it is simple to see purpose in nature and its complex balance-people are no different. you are here to be you-period. you are special in who you are and necessary-you help provide balance. when you look, you can find balance in everything. we are all a part of that. it is the fabric of creation at its infinitesimal essence.
I agree with DrMikeFitz. Beautiful explanation at a deeper level. Perhaps it's a little intimidating to respond to questions or hubs of a religious nature because people don't wish to touch on personal sensibilities at the risk of starting heated or unpleasant debates. Maybe the risk of being challenged in one's religious beliefs is what's holding many of us back. It's understandable. I too feel drawn to religious questions and most of the times I share a response, if I think have one. It will be from my own experience and personal point of view, so it will be my response, my little contribution to the balance of the Universe. Maybe together, through our little contributions to the greater existential questions, we are creating a beautiful tapestry or mandala full of colors and diversity, light and shades, who knows.
Because we are anxious beings, to different degrees, and we need answers ot the questions that our relentless mind is always pounding us with, and we need reassurance, comfort, relief, that rational practical things cannot always give us.
Because religions deal with the ultimate, universal questions: meaning, morality, mortality, cosmology, etc.
I feel no hesitation about discussing religious questions. I do not have a lot of patience, however, for religious discussions with most other people. Too often, it degenerates into an argument, and I have learned it is useless to try and reason with some people about religious matters. People gravitate toward beliefs that meet their needs, and few people want the foundations of their worldview to be shaken. And when people are motivated by a desire to evangelize, it is even more annoying. There is little point in talking to a person who has no interest in listening.
I think it is because religious views - whether for or against (like me) - are strongly held views. People do tend to go out to bat for something about which they are passionate and committed.
Hawkesdream: your inability to respond to these questions only indicates that you are uncommitted - that you haven't yet decided where you stand on these issues. You could try writing: here, about the inner conflicts that you are experiencing. This could prove to be a therapeutic process for you - and a salutary reading experience for the rest of us.
Yes, I do. I read the religious questions and think of exactly what I want to say. But too often any religious answers are voted down if they are Christian based. Watch this answer head down - I can feel it coming. LOL
Often I don't weigh in because it seems to start with a question and ends up with nasty or derogatory answers.
"I cannot bring myself to respond. Are there others here who feel the same way?"
Wouldn't the people who do feel that way - not respond?
P.S. Definitely get negative votes for any religion related question I answer.
I don't like religious questions sometimes. Other times I like them. I like them from the perspective of sociology. I dislike them from the 'patriotic' view or defender of perceived 'typical' contrasting with the 'atypical.'
Answering your question I can share many times I don't really 'respond.' Instead I ask seeking more, so that I may learn.
religion is a formula, ceremonially based, customs and forms - etc.
we as beings created by God and made in the image of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (let us make man in our image Genesis 1:26)
we are created to worship - go anywhere and you can find "man" worshiping, something, .... we are created by God to worship and praise Him -
So as a relationship with Jesus Christ is Christianity - to the Christian the World calls it 'religion' in some cases but the two are vastly different.
At any rate, man - due to how he has been created, is curious and has questions and the drawing that many feel is an inbuilt desire to seek God, but when left unattended or trained improperly; man seeks 'religion' and it's trinkets, prayers, performances, ceremonies, formulas and so on -
why is it that we are drawn to religious questions?
God really wants us to know Him and to seek Him -----
I believe that on a base, subconcious, level, we are trying to explain our existence. Human beings try to explain what we can not. When people respond to religious questions, they might be hoping for an answer. Either in their own thoughts or what other people think and feel. Religion gives us hope and faith. It also provides more questions than answers.
When people ask those type of questions, we are hoping to get closer to the final answers that not even science can explain. By our combined knowledge and wisdom people hope to find them.
I believe that as a human species, we are very inquisitive and therefore we are forever searching for meaning. Religion has claimed to have answers in every race and yet still we search. We search for happiness, to belong and to find succor when we are most in need. Religion promises this, but often does not deliver, therefore we continue to look at other religions and teachings.
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